September 22, 2018

USS Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group Begins Operations in U.S. 6th Fleet

U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet Public Affairs Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy – The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group (CSG) has commenced operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to continue support to NATO allies, European and African partner nations, coalition partners, and U.S. national security interest in Europe and Africa. Harry S. Truman CSG initially deployed to the European theater April 11, 2018, and returned to its homeport Naval Station Norfolk July 21, 2018, for an extended working port visit. “We are thrilled to have the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group back in the…

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Fatou Bensouda’ statement on Rohingya people alleged deportation

Statement of ICC Prosecutor, Mrs Fatou Bensouda, on opening a Preliminary Examination concerning the alleged deportation of the Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh.   Since the end of 2017, my Office has received a number of communications and reports concerning crimes allegedly committed against the Rohingya population in Myanmar and their deportation to Bangladesh. The review of these communications, which constitutes the first phase of my Office’s preliminary examination activities, shed light on a preliminary legal issue concerning the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “the Court”), which I deemed appropriate to bring to the attention of…

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IOM Special Representative for Venezuelan refugees

Joint statement by the UNHCR and IOM spokespersons on the appointment of Mr. Eduardo Stein, as a Joint Special Representative for Venezuelan refugees and migrants in the region. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the UN Migration Agency (IOM) are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Eduardo Stein, as a Joint Special Representative for Venezuelan refugees and migrants in the region. Mr. Stein brings vast professional experience, political leverage and deep knowledge of the region, which will be fundamental to support national government efforts to deal with the protection and solutions needs of an increasing number of Venezuelan refugees…

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Cargo robberies in France and Poland: six arrested

With the support of Eurojust and Europol, the French Gendarmerie and Polish Criminal Police dismantled an organised crime group (OCG) suspected of having committed at least 36 cargo thefts, with damages estimated at EUR 1.5 million. Last week, 15 properties were searched simultaneously in Gorzow, Poland, and Nancy, France, three suspects were arrested in each country, and evidence was seized. In Europe, the number of incidents of cargo theft is increasing. OCGs, originating mainly from eastern Europe, frequently target high-value products. This OCG targeted trucks at unsecured parking sites in eastern France, although the OCG’s activities are suspected to span…

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François Sénémaud for Syria

François Sénémaud  – Picture by French Embassy to Laos. Monday, 27 August 2018: President Macron’s “Personal Representative of the French Presidency for Syria” commenced his duties in this role directly promoted from the Élysée Palace. Minister-Plenipotentiary François Sénémaud entered to France from his service as French Ambassador to Iran. Previously he was head for the French Intelligence Service (DGSE, 2012-16). Diplomatic observers noted that Sénémaud is well-acquainted to the Arab region, having served as a top diplomat in Jordan during the Gulf War whilst he is likewise well-versed on Iran, its system and strategies; the latter being a pivotal country in…

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Marise Payne is Australia’s FM

Australian FM Marise Payne. Tuesday, 28 August 2018, Canberra, Commonwealth of Australia: Senator and until then serving Minister of Defence Marise Payne has replaced Liberal party comrade Julie Bishop as Australian Chief of Diplomacy. Payne serves as Senator since 1997 for the state of New South Wales. Julie Bishop resigned of her own accord after losing the ballot contesting the leadership to the Liberal Party, and thus aiming at the prime ministership. For further information:  Senator Marise Payne: https://www.marisepayne.com Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: https://foreignminister.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx —————————–  Picture by  Ash Carter, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic licence through Wikipedia

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President of the Assembly, O-Gon Kwon, reaffirming support for the ICC

Statement by the President of the Assembly The International Criminal Court is an independent and impartial judicial institution crucial for ensuring accountability for the gravest crimes under international law. The Court is non-political and acts strictly within the legal framework of the Rome Statute, its founding treaty. The Court’s mandate is to help put an end to impunity for the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole and to bring justice to those affected by such crimes. One of the cornerstones of the Rome Statute system is that it recognizes the primary jurisdiction of States…

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Denmark’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Visits OPCW

The Hague, Netherlands — 10 September 2018 — The Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of the Chemical Weapons (OPCW), H.E. Ambassador Fernando Arias, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Denmark, H.E. Mr. Anders Samuelsen, during a visit today to OPCW Headquarters in The Hague. The Director-General briefed the Foreign Affairs Minister on the progress in the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). They discussed the approach to and anticipated outcomes for the upcoming Fourth Review Conference of the CWC, progress in implementing the June decision on addressing the threat of chemical weapons…

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The Prosecutor on the arrest of five Accused in Rwanda

On the picture Mechanism Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz. Arusha, 5 September 2018 – On 3 September 2018, Rwandan authorities executed arrest warrants issued by the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals and took into custody Maximilien Turinabo, Anselme Nzabonimpa, Jean de Dieu Ndagijimana, Marie Rose Fatuma and Dick Prudence Munyeshuli. The five accused will be transferred to the seat of the Mechanism in Arusha, Tanzania. The arrest warrants were issued by the Judge of the Mechanism after confirmation on 24 August 2018 of an indictment filed by the Mechanism Office of the Prosecutor. The indictment was kept under seal pending…

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OPCW confirm UK findings

Assistance Requested by the United Kingdom Regarding Toxic Chemical Incident in Amesbury THE HAGUE, Netherlands—4 September 2018— The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) transmitted today to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) the report of the OPCW’s mission to provide requested technical assistance in regard to an incident in Amesbury on 30 June 2018. The results of the analysis by the OPCW designated laboratories of environmental and biomedical samples collected by the OPCW team confirm the findings of the United Kingdom relating to the identity of the toxic chemical that intoxicated two individuals…

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